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Monday, May 23, 2011

Business cards are on sale in the WillowRaven Zazzle Shoppe ... 2Days only!

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Many of my readers are aware that I custom create peripheral products for many of my author and publisher clients. As you can see, there is a sale on all my business cards, whether they be already designed or a new design. Personally, I use the skinny design with indestructible paper (which I think is really plastic), perfect as mini-bookmarks. They also come in a cool dispenser. Fits in my wallet like it was meant for it.

If your looking to fancy up your media packet, and would like me to do up some custom designed cards for you before the sale ends on the 25th (at midnight), just let me know. I design the card for free, unless you have need of a custom logo. Then, you just pay for the logo creation.

Of course, if your getting new business cards, you may want me to design stationary, postage, and labels for you as well, to complete the set. Just let me know.

You can see the business cards already in my WillowRaven Zazzle Shoppe here.


Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven
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* 50% of the business card pack net sale price will be deducted when one or more qualifying business card packs are purchased and the coupon code 50CARDNEWBIZ is applied at checkout. The net sale price is the price of the product (excluding shipping and taxes). Offer is valid through May 25, 2011 11:59pm PT. This offer does not apply to past purchases and may not be combined with any other Zazzle promotional or volume discount offers. If a volume discount applies to your order, you will receive either the discount set forth in this offer or the standard volume discount, whichever is greater. Offer valid on Zazzle.com only.

Friday, May 20, 2011

4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News: "How do I get into the business?"

4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News: "How do I get into the business?": "I get asked this a lot. Artists see that I am a cover artist, and a book illustrator, with over 100 books in print with my work on or in the..."

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My first testimonial about three of my Giclée prints:

The Aldric & Anneliese triptych is available through my ImageKind gallery.
 Don't ya just love a great critique, review, or testimonial? Whether you are an illustrator/artist, or author, the pride induced when someone takes the time to send you an email, or post a comment, with positive things to say about the work you've dedicated yourself to, just makes your day. It makes all those long hours (usually riddled with just as much frustration as joy due to edits & revisions) seem worth it. 

Doesn't it?

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I received an email today from Harry Gilleland, author of Aldric & Anneliese, who had hired me to design the book trailer for his book, not long after I finished the cover art, and anxiously read the subject line:

Three prints from ImageKind arrived.

Why anxiously, you ask?

Maybe it's just me, though I sorta doubt it, but I tend to get a touch nervous that a work won't be liked. I'm always a little afraid to find out what the receiver thinks. At the same time, I can't stop looking in my inbox for any feedback.

Although I knew Harry liked the images in his trailer (see below), I wasn't sure he'd feel the same about the fine art Giclées he ordered for his home. After all, I had only read about ImageKind's quality. Having just recently started using their service to sell my art in framed and matted prints or canvases, I hadn't had the personal opportunity to see my work printed through them. Normally, I would have done a quality check before offering a new product or service, but it just didn't work out that way. Harry was faster to buy than I was.

Of course, ImageKind has a 30 day money back guarantee, so I wasn't worried he'd be out much if they turned our poorly, but I would have been very upset at having being the one who endorsed them by attaching my work to them. When the print prices range from $95 to $400 per piece, depending on the matting and frame or canvas, not to mention size chosen, you want the customer happy ... lol.

But, as I have been so repeatedly blessed in my professional career, the customer was happy. Here is what was in my email, today:

The Aldric & Anneliese triptych is available through my ImageKind gallery.

Greetings, Aidana ~
The three framed prints I ordered from Imagekind arrived this morning. I love them! They are extremely sharp and clear and high quality. The prints themselves, the mats, and the frames are all very nicely done. They were packaged extremely well to protect them in transit. Everything was/is first-class. And I truly enjoy looking up from my computer where I am writing to see these pictures of the characters from my own book. I am well pleased.

Hey, the trailer for A&A has some 215 hits at present. Great exposure!

Cheers!
Harry

Wasn't that so sweet of him? To not only take the time to let me know they arrived safe, but how he feels seeing them where he writes. He even lets me know how the book trailer I created for him is doing. He is such a nice author, and I just loved the story. I hope he does a sequel ... *hint-hint, Harry* ... lol.


Let's add a few more hits to his trailer, for him, and be sure to check out Harry Gilleland's blog, and order your copy of Aldic & Anneliese from 4RV Publishing today! If I understand correctly, it's even going to be available as an eBook, soon.

If you'd like to have one of the prints for your home, check out the latest blog post featuring them, along with product details and where to purchase them, or simply visit my ImageKind gallery.

Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven
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Monday, May 16, 2011

'Fireside' ... another framed print from WillowRaven.


Honestly, I never imagined my doing a western piece. But, I've been commissioned to illustrate a children's book series that features a cowboy and the wild west town he protects, so I wanted to get my head in the old west before starting. Of course, since this was going in my WillowRaven Originals section of my portfolio, I thought I'd go with a grown-up theme (especially since there are eleven books where I'll be illustrating a children's theme).
Anyway, I ended up pretty happy with the end result, so I loaded Fireside to my ImageKind gallery, where you can order fine art Giclée prints, singed, frammed, and matted.

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 The final size is scaled to fit as a center piece in your home at 34.3" x 22.9". Frames in classic Matte Black Basic. Top mat is a rich red Noel and the bottom mat compliments the terrain in metallic Brushed Pale Gold. 
Of course, buyers are free to choose the size and colors that suit their home best. I just set the default to what's best for the piece. My mentors drilled into us: "True art enthusiasts redecorate the room to compliment the art, those who don't know art, choose art that matches the room."
 
Lol. Pretentious, huh? Then again, he did sell a piece to Oprah, so maybe his teaching isn't too far off the mark ... lol. Maybe you want to re-decorate?  ;P

Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven
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Friday, May 13, 2011

Take Apart Their Nightmares in Scape Magazine!


I displayed this piece several months back, when I completed it, but didn't want to give too much away until the magazine was published. Scape Magazine released it's debut issue in April, but between deadlines, storms, computer problems, and now flood, I forgot to tell ya'll that you can now read the story I illustrated it for. The story is titled Take Apart Their Nightmares, written by Crystal Hilbert.

excerpt:

He tapped at the glass and spoke, his language incomprehensible but beautiful, his voice like river granite. Sarah cocked her head, tried to tell him she couldn’t understand, but he was already backing away from the window. The creature paused in the flowerbed, winked at her with mischief and a promise in his eyes, and disappeared.

Follow the link to read the full story. Your gonna love it! And to celebrate the release, I have decided to offer this piece as a signed/matted/framed Giclée print in my ImageKind gallery.

Take Apart Their Nightmares (framed, matted, signed, dated) retails for $386.63 + S&H. 
Final size specs: 35.8" x 24.0"
Frame: Matte Black Basic
Top Mat: Teton Sky
Middle Mat: Cabernet
Bottom Mat: China Blue

To the left, you can see the recommended size, and how it would look on your wall, but you are able to adjust everything from size to mat and frame color, at ImageKind. The default, however, is optimum size and colors.


Let me know what you think of the framed work, and go check out the story, Take Apart Their Nightmares.

Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Aldric & Anneliese cover contest is in full swing. Vote!

Check out the trailer promoting this month's Alternative-Read Book Cover Awards:



Note the first book shown. Harry Gilleland's Aldric & Anneliese (published by 4RV Publishing). If you want to vote for my cover, you'll find the poll about half way down the page on the right. It can be hard to see unless your looking for it, because there are no images other than a smaller version of this trailer, right above it, but we'd appreciate your vote.

If you'd like to order a copy of Aldric & Anneliese, visit the 4RV Catalog site. It's a great story. I really enjoyed all the prints I created for the book's trailer, and promotional use.

Check out the trailer for Aldric & Anneliese:




If you'd like to have one of the prints for your home, check out the latest blog post featuring them, along with product details and where to purchase them, or simply visit my ImageKind gallery.

Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Walking Through Walls book trailer.

Walking Through Walls, by Karen Cioffi & 4RV Publishing, is almost ready for release to the public. The ARCs have been circulating for a couple of months, now. The last illustration is on my drawing table. And the final edits are sitting on my desk.

Pretty soon, the original ink drawings will be taken down from my studio wall, tapes removed, and they will be filed in their designated binder, and stored on the shelf.

I still have not decided whether I want to offer signed and framed prints in my ImageKind gallery of any of these drawings, or not. Maybe ya'll can let me know whether you think any of these are worthy of framing and selling. Some illustrations just look better in a book, while others look wonderful framed and matted. Especially for a table top display (like for a book signing, or even in your home on the coffee table or end table).

Maybe ...

Either way, I hope you enjoy this sneak peak at both Karen's book and my illustrations...



 
Until next time...

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Aldric & Anneliese: Valiance



The final promotional piece for the Aldric & Anneliese is now available through my ImageKind gallery.

The three pieces were created for the book's trailer (watch below). I decided to make them available to the public as some of my first signed and dated Giclée prints. There are three in this series, a triptych. I purposefully sized them, and matted/framed them, to compliment each other on one's wall.

Now that all three are ready, let me show each with the matting and frame, plus a couple presentation ideas.




Here is a scale estimate of the final piece, matted and framed, so you have an idea of how it would look on your wall.

The finished fine art piece, with frame and matting, is 35" x 22.6". The print is on an Enhanced Matte ground at 32.0" x 19.1", the frame is a classy Matte Black Basic at 0.38" width, the top mat is in a soothing Harbor Blue and the inner mat is in Bridgewater.





Here is the scale estimate for this framed piece.

The finished fine art piece, with frame and matting, is 27.3" x 35.5". The print is on an Enhanced Matte ground at 24" x 32", the frame is a classy Matte Black Basic at 0.38" width, the top mat is in a soothing Harbor Blue and the inner mat is in Bridgewater. 




And the final scaled estimate ...

The finished size: 35.3" x 22.6". It's print on Enhanced Matte ground: 32.0" x 19.1". The frame is Matte Black Basic, 0.38" width, ID: 429 with the top mat in Harbor Blue and an inner mat in Bridgewater.

The Glazing for all three is acrylic, to ensure the safety of the print in shipping. Glass can always be added at a local frame shop, once you receive them. 


Now for the book trailer these were created for (best if viewed in larger formats):




Also, some presentation ideas:

 

Of course, you could always divide them up, and display them individually throughout your home. To find out more about the quality of my Giclée prints, check out the post for my first print, Tarranau

I have already sold a few prints, and am hoping this is another way for people to enjoy my work. Feel free to leave comments. I love comments.

Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven
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